Police chiefs put ‘realistic’ sum at an £400m extra a year, as officer numbers projected to fall almost 3,000 by same year

Police will have £700m less a year to fight crime in the coming years, and fewer officers too, despite forces already being under “significant stress”, the emergency services watchdog said on Wednesday.

According to the police inspectorate, all forces will spend £12.3bnin 2017/18, but that is projected to fall by 6% to £11.6bn by 2020/21.

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